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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Arlington's Best Diner Goes Smoke-Free

They said Arlington's bars would never voluntarily go smoke-free ... then Liberty Tavern did and places like Eleventh, Union Jacks, and Clarendon Grill soon followed.

They said sports bars would never go smoke-free ... then Summers created a separate smoke-free bar, followed by Four Courts and Crystal City Sports Pub, and Thirsty Bernie's opened entirely smoke-free.

Now Arlington's best diner, Bob & Edith's at Columbia Pike & S. Wayne St., is going 100% smoke-free:

Arlington bars and restaurants have no excuses left for not going smoke-free. Really, what are places like Rock Bottom, Bailey's, and Ri Ra's waiting for?

Hmmm. Maybe there's a pattern here. Seems like locally-owned places tend to listen to Arlingtonians and go smoke-free, while nationally-managed chains tend to stick to their smoky status quo. What do you think?

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Blogger FREDTERP said...

Let the smokers enjoy their cancer sticks in the cold. FREDTERP

1:28 AM

Anonymous MB said...

Well, I can think of at least a couple local places (significant to me) that are still pretty smoky. And I expect they'll stay that way until forced to do otherwise.

(RiRa can choke and die on its own smoke, as far as I'm concerned. Would rather have Virginia Hardware back.)

1:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know....there's nothing like a pile of smelly, smokey clothes to remind you that undergrad was 10 years ago.

5:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you non-smokers can go live forever in your non-smoking bars and leave the rest of us alone.

6:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The place that allows smoking that really boggles my mind is T.H.A.I. Shirlington. Last winter I had lunch there one day when somebody was smoking in the bar/entry area. I got blasted with cigarette stink air whenever the outside door was opened. I don't go there anymore.

11:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish "Whitlow's on Wilson" -- my longtime favorite neighborhood joint -- would go completely smoke free. Why do smokers get the best booths there?!

5:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what you are saying is that you non-smokers have an increasing number of options to go completely smoke-free, but you want to have all the options for your self and leave smokers (of which I haven't been one in 5 years) with no options? Got it.

I truly don't undersand this attitude. Now everyone has options. Some bars choose to go smoke-free and some don't and people can make choice about which places to patronize. What is wrong with that? This is as it should be.

2:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All places, indoors and out, MUST be smoke-free. Toxic tobacco smoke KILLS 65,000 INNOCENT Americans every year. Ban all smoking, then ban the tobacco drug and prosecute all tobacco pushers for murder and genocide of the human race.

8:14 PM


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